Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fred Grafft

Frederick Evert Grafft

February 20, 1912
Rembrandt, IA

August 13, 1993
Sparta, TN

1927-28 Downs Kickapoo Union HS - Illinois (High School)
1928-29 Downs Kickapoo Union HS - Illinois (High School)
1929-30 Gallagher Business School (College)
1930-31 Gallagher Business School (College)
1931-32 Gallagher Business School (College)
1932-33 Gallagher Business School (College)
1937-38 Kankakee Gallagher Trojans (NBL) 

Frederick E. Grafft was born in Iowa to Joseph and Court Grafft. The family moved to Downs, Illinois. A graduate of  Downs Kickapoo Union High School ('29), Grafft was a track star specializing in the javelin throw. He went to Gallagher Business School. He allegedly scored 87 points in a single game while at Gallagher, as mentioned by "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." After playing basketball for one season in Kankakee, Grafft served in the army in World War 2 and moved to Chicago and worked for many years as a self-employed consulting engineer. He was married to Kathryn Kendall and the couple had one daughter. Grafft moved to Sparta, Tennessee, where he died in 1993.

Obituary in the Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois), August 17, 1993
Warren Times Mirror (Pennsylvania), January 15, 1938



  1. Fred had another daughter ,he had an affair with my mother and I was born in 1960. Through his niece this is confirmed through our DNA. Too bad he died before I could have met him
    Just an FYI